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CAT 2005 versus CAT 2004/ 2003

November 20, 2005

How did the Common Admission Test 2005 fare as compared to CAT 2004 and CAT 2003?

  • Answer key for CAT 2005            
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    Parameter

    CAT 2005

    CAT 2004

    CAT 2003

    (Re-test)

    Number of sections

    3 x 2

    3 x 2

    3

    Number of questions

    90

    123

    (3 x 50) = 150

    Difficulty level (Overall)

    Difficult

    Difficult

    Difficult

    Difficulty level (Quant)

    Average

    Average

    Difficult

    Difficulty level (EU + RC)

    Average

    Average

    Average

    Difficulty level (DI + DS + AR)

    Difficult

    Difficult

    Difficult

    Expected cut-off (Overall)

    48-50

    55

    58

    Expected cut-off (Quant)

    14-15

    16

    14

    Expected cut-off (EU + RC)

    20-21

    21

    22

    Expected cut-off (DI + DS +AR)

    10-11

    14

    16

    Section I: Quantitative Aptitude

    Topic-wise breakup

    Topic

     

    CAT 2005

    CAT 2004

    CAT 2003     (Re-test)

    Overall

    30

    35

    50

    Arithmetic

    9

    13

    15

    Number system

    5

    6

    11

    Percentage, SI-CI, PLD

    0

    0

    2

    Ratio proportion

    0

    4

    1

    Speed Time Distance, Work

    4

    3

    1

    Algebra

    8

    9

    13

    Equations & Inequalities

    2

    2

    7

    Functions & graphs

    2

    4

    3

    Maxima minima

    2

    0

    1

    Series, sequences & progressions & logs

    2

    3

    2

    Geometry

    10

    10

    14

    Plane geometry

    6

    9

    4

    Mensuration

    3

    1

    9

    Co-ordinate geometry + trigonometry

    1

    0

    1

    Modern math

    3

    3

    3

    Miscellaneous math

    0

    0

    5

    Section II: English usage & Reading comprehension

    Topic-wise breakup

    Topic

    CAT 2005

    CAT 2004

    CAT 2003     (Re Test)

    Overall

    30

    50

    50

    English usage

    18

    29

    25

    Usage dictionary

    3

    10

    8

    Vocabulary: contextual meaning

    0

    3

    5

    Parajumbles

    3

    8

    8

    Sentence completion

    4

    3

    4

    Sentence correction

    4

    3

    0

    Replacement of words

    4

    0

    0

    Critical reasoning

    0

    2

    0

    Reading comprehension

    12

    5 passages     (21 Qs)

    5 passages     (25 Qs)

    Politics & Social

    4Qs (2 marker)

    2 Passages       (8 Qs)

    1 Passage        (5 Qs)

    History & Mythology

    0

    1 Passages       (5 Qs)

    2 Passages     (10 Qs)

    Science & Technology

    0

    1 Passage         (4 Q's)

    1 Passage        (5 Q's)

    Business & Economics, Philo

    0

    1 Passage         (4Q's)

    1 Passage        (5 Q's)

    Fiction & Philosophy

    4Qs (2 marker)

    0

    0

    Psychology & Management

    4Qs (2 marker)

    0

    0

    Section III: Data interpretation, Data sufficiency, Analytical reasoning

    Topic-wise breakup

    Topic

     

    CAT 2005

    CAT 2004

    CAT 2003     (Re Test)

    Overall

    30

    35

    50

    Arithmetic

    9

    13

    15

    Number system

    5

    6

    11

    Percentage, SI-CI, PLD

    0

    0

    2

    Ratio proportion

    0

    4

    1

    Speed Time Distance, Work

    4

    3

    1

    Algebra

    8

    9

    13

    Equations & Inequalities

    2

    2

    7

    Functions & graphs

    2

    4

    3

    Maxima minima

    2

    0

    1

    Series, sequences & progressions & logs

    2

    3

    2

    Geometry

    10

    10

    14

    Plane geometry

    6

    9

    4

    Mensuration

    3

    1

    9

    Co-ordinate geometry + trigonometry

    1

    0

    1

    Modern math

    3

    3

    3

    Miscellaneous math

    0

    0

    5

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